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Civil War Era Smoothbore with hinged breech.

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Delpire7, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Delpire7

    Delpire7 New Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    Not sure what to make of this one. Any help on ID and values would be appreciated. It does have the number 2620 on the inside of the hinged breech with an L on it's side and what looks like a 1 above the 2620.

    Thanks for looking


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  2. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
  3. hrf

    hrf Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2008
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  4. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Also Google "tabatiere", a name given by the French to those actions from a fancied resemblance to a snuffbox. Those rifles started out as French Model 1857 rifle muskets, converted in 1867 to a single shot cartridge rifle. After the Model 1866 (Chassepot) was fully deployed, the old guns were sold as surplus. Many were bought by Belgian entrepreneurs who cut them down and reamed out the rifling, converting them to shotguns. Many were sold in Africa, hence the other common name "Zulu gun."

    They were also sold in the U.S. by mail order for as little as $3.00.

  5. Hawg

    Hawg Active Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    I saw one for sale at a local pawn shop a few months ago for 189.00. AFAIK they still have it.
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